weekly prayer: 9/13

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O God, Your love and devotion for me is absurd. You know my struggles and my failings. You are fully aware of all my shortcomings. And yet . . . You search for me when I am lost, and you rejoice when I am found. You love me more than I can comprehend. You bless me with abilities and resources. …

Luke 15:1-10

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1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus.] 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3So he told them this parable: 4“Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one …

following

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In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus is traveling, accompanied by large crowds.  People are drawn by his miraculous feeding, his healings, and his teachings.  Well, at least some of his teachings – other teachings, like this week’s, are not exactly appealing.  This week, Jesus uses hyperbole to help his listeners (including you and me) to realize that being a disciple …

Mindful Mood Management

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Thursday, September 15 at 2:30 pm in 107 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center This workshop in the Advocacy Skills for the Apocalypse series will be led by CAPS to teach participants skills for managing emotions and moods to better advocate for change. Using mindfulness to develop emotion-regulation skills, helping you more effectively navigate difficult or overwhelming feelings, increase distress tolerance, and cultivate …

weekly prayer: 9/6

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O God, Following you is not always easy. There are so many other priorities and ways to live. Help me to live your call. Show me how I can love and care for others. Use me to welcome those who are alone. Teach me to forgive and to work for justice. Remind me that your love fills me and the …

Luke 14:25-33

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25Now large crowds were traveling with [Jesus;] and he turned and said to them, 26“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first …

honor?

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Jesus went to a dinner party at the home of a religious leader.  He noticed the guests choosing places of “honor” or importance at the table.  When a guest was seated near the host or another high-ranking person it showed they were important, well-connected, or powerful . . . or at least more than the guests in less desirable seats. Then …

Weekly Prayer: 8/30

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O God, The people around me are all your children. You love each one. You bless and gift each one. Just as you bless and gift me. When I find myself evaluating others, creating a hierarchy,  remind me that is not your vision of the world. Help me to set aside my self-importance and self-interest. Teach me to see others …

Reproductive Justice, Religious Freedom, and Abortion Bans: What does it mean?

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Reproductive Justice, Religious Freedom, and Abortion Bans: What does it mean? September 12, 1-2 pm Room 107/Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center Do you want to know more about the abortion debate and bans raging across the United States? Do you want to know more about what you can do about the issue?  Join the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development …

Help distribute food each month!

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YMCA of Centre County’s Anti-Hunger Program will host a monthly food distribution each month. The next one is Thursday, September 29 from 4:30 pm – 6 pm.  If you’d like to help with set up (3:30 – 4 pm) or with distribution, we’d love to have you! The distribution will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 South Garner Street …